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Monday, June 6, 2016 – 06:42

The Polish military is in discussions with the United States about a new logistics agreement for its F-16 fighter fleet, with a military official arguing here that Warsaw should look to boost its F-16 fleet come 2025. The Polish military also has had preliminary talks about a major upgrade package that would install active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars on at least some of its 48 F-16 C/D models.

Friday, May 27, 2016 – 06:35

A U.S.-funded partnership between Jordan and Raytheon is entering the final phase of a nearly $100 million program to guard the Hashemite Kingdom against infiltrators from the Islamic State group and other extremist organizations operating beyond its border with Syria and Iraq.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 – 06:45

India and Oman signed pacts to upgrade their defense ties during Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s May 20-22 visit to the gulf nation, which was the first country India established defense ties with in the 1970s.

Friday, May 20, 2016 – 07:01

Sweden’s state-funded military materials procurement agency is denying that a deal has been struck to sell 12 Saab JAS Gripen C/D multirole fighters to Botswana. Försvarets Materielverk (FMV) confirmed that while the organization is “in talks” with Botswana, the number of aircraft under discussion is around eight and not 16.

Monday, May 16, 2016 – 06:24

Only Jordan and the United States are to take part in this year’s Eager Lion military exercise, commanders said on Sunday, compared with the 18 nations which participated last year.

Friday, May 13, 2016 – 07:37

Jordan’s defense industry is cooperating with Belarus and Russia to develop remotely operated and vehicle-launched versions of the Russian-designed RPG-32 for counterterrorism missions, according to industry executives here at Special Operations Forces Exhibition (SOFEX).

Friday, May 13, 2016 – 06:11

The first shipment of mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles (MRAP) from the U.S. has been delivered to the Egyptian military, according to the U.S. Embassy in Egypt. While the number of vehicles delivered was not stated, it is the first round of MRAPs out of 762 the U.S. plan to send to Egypt.

Thursday, May 12, 2016 – 06:17

Contrary to the defense minister’s claim in parliament Tuesday that the Indian Air Force will acquire five firing units of the S-400 long-range surface-to-air missile (LRSAM) system between 2017 and 2022, one senior Ministry of Defence (MoD) official who requested anonymity says a budget crunch will prevent such a purchase for at least two years.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 – 06:51

Commercial officers from the U.S. embassy in Jordan highlighted on Tuesday what’s on the wish lists of Middle Eastern and North African countries when it comes to defense equipment.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 – 06:39

Tension lingers here in downtown Irbid months after Jordanian special forces, in carefully coordinated nighttime raids, swept through the city’s Palestinian refugee camp to arrest or kill members of what authorities claim was a sleeper cell associated with Daesh, the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group, or ISIS.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016 – 07:36

Following on reports of Botswana in discussions with Sweden over the purchase of eight Gripen C/D fighter jets, it has emerged that the southern African country is seeking to acquire armoured vehicles and air defence systems as well.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 – 06:22

On 12 May Egypt received the first shipment of armoured vehicles from the US. Thursday’s delivery was “the first batch of a total of 762 MRAP vehicles that the United States is transferring to Egypt,” the U.S. Embassy in Cairo reported.

Monday, May 23, 2016 – 06:16

Libyan diplomats are urging caution over an evolving U.S. plan to arm and train the country’s militias again to battle the growing Islamic State threat, fearing a repeat of the abysmal Pentagon-led program that ended with only a few hundred trained fighters and U.S. weapons in the hands of Islamist militias in Libya.

Monday, May 23, 2016 – 06:12

The United States is rescinding a decades-old ban on sales of lethal military equipment to Vietnam, President Obama announced at a news conference in Hanoi on Monday, ending one of the last legal vestiges of the Vietnam War.

Friday, May 20, 2016 – 07:01

Sweden’s state-funded military materials procurement agency is denying that a deal has been struck to sell 12 Saab JAS Gripen C/D multirole fighters to Botswana. Försvarets Materielverk (FMV) confirmed that while the organization is “in talks” with Botswana, the number of aircraft under discussion is around eight and not 16.

Friday, May 20, 2016 – 06:26

Egypt is seeking Harpoon Block II missiles from the United States in a deal worth an estimated $143 million. The US State Department approved the possible foreign military sale and issued notification to Congress on 11 May, according to the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA).

Thursday, May 19, 2016 – 06:13

Botswana is in talks with Sweden regarding the purchase of eight Gripen fighter jets from Saab, according to the country’s defence materiel agency. The BDF has also expressed interest in the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) T-50 Golden Eagle supersonic trainer.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 – 08:58

The United States gave jeeps, communications technology and small aircraft to Tunisia on Thursday to help protect the border with Libya, where Islamic State has gained ground and set up training camps, officials said.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 – 07:45

WARSAW, Poland — A NATO spokesman says military equipment and troops have started arriving in Poland by air and sea for a major military deployment exercise by the new “Spearhead” force.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 – 06:20

Foreign military sales by the United States are growing because its products are considered well-made and reliable, but it is a complicated area not only involving foreign governments but various departments inside the American government and Congress having to sign off on those agreements.

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Friday, May 20, 2016 – 06:29

NATO agreed on Thursday to broaden its operations in the Mediterranean to help the European Union stop criminals trafficking refugees from North Africa but will not act until the fate of rescued migrants is cleared up.

Friday, May 20, 2016 – 06:26

Egypt is seeking Harpoon Block II missiles from the United States in a deal worth an estimated $143 million. The US State Department approved the possible foreign military sale and issued notification to Congress on 11 May, according to the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA).

Thursday, May 19, 2016 – 06:16

U.S. Africa Command aims to assist African nations in building capacity and establishing institutions to maintain peace and create stability on the continent, Africom’s commander said in Brussels on Tuesday.

Thursday, May 19, 2016 – 06:14

Mozambique’s opposition on Wednesday demanded an independent investigation into a spate of unexplained killings and the possible existence of a police death squad.

Thursday, May 19, 2016 – 06:13

Botswana is in talks with Sweden regarding the purchase of eight Gripen fighter jets from Saab, according to the country’s defence materiel agency. The BDF has also expressed interest in the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) T-50 Golden Eagle supersonic trainer.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 – 06:51

Germany plans to give Tunisia and Jordan funds to buy armoured vehicles to help defend their frontiers against Islamic State, Der Spiegel magazine reported. Berlin will give Amman 25 million euros (19 million pounds) to buy “Marder” armoured personnel carriers, Spiegel said without giving sources. Tunisia would get a double-digit million sum.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 – 06:49

A Congolese general recruited, financed and armed elements of a Ugandan Islamist group to kill civilians while he was in charge of a military operation targeting the rebels, according to a confidential report to the United Nations Security Council.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 – 06:47

The increasing cooperation between the South African Navy (SA Navy) and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) was demonstrated this past Monday when the 22nd Escort Task Group 576 arrived at Naval Base Simons Town.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 – 06:45

French shipyard Piriou is set to build an oceanographic vessel for Morocco, which will be based on the French Navy’s B2M model. This is according to French maritime publication Le Marin, which reported that the deal has been signed but will only be confirmed by month end.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 – 06:42

India is apparently in talks with African countries interested in its Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), which is edging closer to production.

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Friday, May 20, 2016 – 07:01

Sweden’s state-funded military materials procurement agency is denying that a deal has been struck to sell 12 Saab JAS Gripen C/D multirole fighters to Botswana. Försvarets Materielverk (FMV) confirmed that while the organization is “in talks” with Botswana, the number of aircraft under discussion is around eight and not 16.